Living in India guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in India with the expat guide

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General information
  • India is known to be one of the world's biggest and most densely populated country's, with a very diverse economy that attracts many foreigners.

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  • India offers expats a number of lifestyles, thanks to its sheer diversity of cultures and traditions that vary from region to region.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Regardless of their nationality, foreigners are allowed to get married in India, provided they comply with certain requirements.

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  • There are certain restrictions imposed by customs as to what you can bring into India. Certain products have volume limits, while others are prohibited.

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  • Registration Requirement for all foreigners visiting India that permits a stay of more than 180 days.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • You can choose among different types of visas to travel to India, namely the tourism visa, the business visa, the employment visa, etc..

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  • To be allowed to work in India, foreigners must have secured an employment contract and obtained a work visa beforehand.

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  • Whether you are moving to India to work, study, or for business purposes, you are required to apply for a visa on the India Visa Online website.

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  • List of documents that are required at the time of registration with the Foreigners Registration Offices in India is given below.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • There are various ways to look for a job in India, namely through the Internet, local newspapers, and even temporary recruitment agencies.

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  • Located in South-west India, Goa is mainly a tourism city. Indeed, tourism is its major economic pillar, hence providing many jobs.

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  • Jaipur, capital city of the State of Rajasthan, is actually experiencing rapid economic growth thanks to its trade and industrial fields.

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  • Kolkata is the most important city in West Bengal, also deemed to be East India's major commercial hub. It provides various opportunities for foreigners.

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  • Located in South-west India, the State of Karnataka has a strong and developed economy providing many professional opportunities for expatriates.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Located in West Bengal, Kolkata is a developed city with various neighbourhoods for expats to choose from when searching for accommodation.

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  • Located in Southeast India, Pondicherry is a top destination in terms of expatriation, providing different types of accommodation.

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  • As a very developed South Indian city, Chennai is famous for its multicultural environment, as well as for the quality living provided to its inhabitants.

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  • Bangalore has grown in popularity with expats and has become an IT hub. Accommodation is available at a range of price points, depending on the location.

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  • As Maharashtra's second biggest city, Pune has a developed rental market. However, rent prices are rather high compared to many major cities.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Each year, India welcomes thousands of worldwide foreign students looking forward to study in one of its several prestigious universities.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Before traveling to India, it is wise to inquire on the health risks that exist in the country so as to take all precautionary measures.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • India hosts several national, regional banks, as well as branches of international banks where foreigners can open a bank account.

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Tax system, income tax
  • During your stay in India, whether you are there to work or to set up a business, you are likely to pay different types of taxes.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • New Delhi, the Indian capital city, has a well developed transports network consisting of trains, buses, taxis, as well as the famous rickshaw.

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  • You will be surprised, on your arrival in India, by the number of transports available, including public means of transport and rickshaw.

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  • My experience purchasing a car in India and the cultural nuances surrounding the event.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Expats can drive in India for short periods with an International Driver's Licence. For longer periods, you will need to apply for an Indian licence.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Expats moving to India are only allowed to bring 2 pets per person, and only if they can prove that they intend to spend at least 2 years in India.

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  • Relocating to India requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • You can get connected to the internet in India visa your portable device with a SIM card and data plan, or via a landline.

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  • India has a very developed telephony market consisting of several phone service providers offering various competitive services.

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  • The Indian head shake can be perplexing to those who are unaccustomed to its meaning. The following article seeks to decipher it.....

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  • In Mumbai, you can talk like a local without saying a single non-English word and this article is going to teach how.

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  • Many people in India may speak English, but that doesn't mean there aren't *many* hilarious misunderstandings.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Sports are very popular in almost the whole of India. You can attend matches live, watch broadcasts on TV, and even practise the sports you like.

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  • New Delhi, the Indian capital city, is rich in leisure activities, ranging from museums and monuments to shopping malls and markets.

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  • Regardless of the region where you have settled in India, you should definitely take the time to enjoy the numerous leisure activities available.

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  • Cycling - the best way to see Bangalore and nearby areas.

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  • Mumbai is a writhing sea of humanity. When people ask me if Mumbai is beautiful I tell them that it's beauty lies within it's people.

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